There are five banksia species found within the bounds of Whiteman Park, whose flowering season span the entire year.
These trees are an important source of nectar for the various honey eaters which live in the woodlands, as well as the unique honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus) which feeds upon the pollen and nectar of this and other native plant species.
The candlestick banksia (Banksia attenuata), which produces tall, skinny yellow flowers during winter and spring, and the firewood banksia (Banksia menziesii), which has showy red-toned inflorescences from late summer to winter, are excellent features of the Park’s many bushwalks.
The festively shaped holly-leafed banksia (Banksia ilicifolia), with its spikey creamy-red flowers almost year-round, proliferate the Children’s Forest and northern woodlands, while the bull banksia (Banksia grandis) and swamp banksia (Banksia littoralis), are much less commonly seen. The bull banksia is identifiable by the large toothed leaves with a creamy white flower cone in spring and early summer, while the swamp banksia has large yellow cones during autumn and winter and may be found in dampland areas of the Park.